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A VERY RARE DUNKIRK, ALLEGHENY VALLEY AND PITTSBURGH RAILROAD COMPANY STOCK ISSUED TO AND SIGNED BY COMMODORE VANDERBILT

 #3

"COMMODORE" CORNELIUS VANDERBILT (1794-1877). Vanderbilt, a steamship and railroad promoter, founded the family fortune which exists yet today. He began his rise at 16 as the owner-operator of a small ferryboat which ran between Staten Island and New York City. In 1829, after some years of running a hotel and various other enterprises, Vanderbilt entered the steamboat business on his own, operating a shipping service on the Hudson. By the early 1850s, he had established numerous shipping lines, with routes to Europe and to San Francisco via a Nicaraguan land route, and was widely considered the leading American steamboat owner. He acquired the title "Commodore" around 1845 as a result of his shipping interests. As he neared 70, Vanderbilt sold his shipping interests and turned his attention to railroads, a move which resulted in the creation of one the nation's great transportation systems. He began, in the early 1860s, by gaining control of the New York and Harlem Railroad, followed shortly after by the run-down Hudson River Railroad. In both cases, Daniel Drew and other stock manipulators tried to make a killing at Vanderbilt's expense by short-selling stock in these companies, then trying to force the stock price down. Vanderbilt outwitted them, however, and many either lost substantial amounts of money or were ruined. In 1867, Vanderbilt acquired the New York Central Railroad and, in 1869, merged it with the Hudson River Railroad, thus forming the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. In 1868, Vanderbilt attempted to gain control of the Erie Railroad, but was, at last, outwitted by Drew, James Fisk, and Jay Gould, who were in control of the railroad and dumped 50,000 shares of fraudulent stock on the market for the unwitting Vanderbilt to buy up. The trio then escaped to New Jersey to avoid both Vanderbilt's wrath and prosecution for their scheme. Vanderbilt's well-documented battles with Drew and Gould for control of the New York & Harlem, Hudson River and Erie railroads form some of the most colorful and exciting pages in U.S. financial history. In 1873, convinced by his son, William, that they should extend their rail system to Chicago, Vanderbilt bought the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and, in 1875, the Michigan Central and Canada Southern railroads. During the panic of 1873, Vanderbilt announced that the New York Central was paying its dividends as usual, and he let out contracts for the construction of the Grand Central Terminal. In this way, Vanderbilt used his wealth as stabilizing influence in the U.S. economy during the last years of his life. 1873, New York and Pennsylvania. Certificate for 1,125 shares of one hundred dollars each. Issued to and signed “C Vanderbilt” on the verso. Black on white paper. There are cut cancellations in the officers’ signatures that do not affect Vanderbilt’s dark signature in any way. The Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley and Pittsburgh Railroad traveled between Dunkirk, New York and Oil City and Titusville, Pennsylvania. It was formed by the consolidation of the Dunkirk, Warren and Pittsburgh Railroad with the Warren and Venango Railroad. It was then leased to the New York Central Railroad, which was controlled by Vanderbilt. The piece has light toning along top margin and is in fine condition. A rare piece by the original railroad mogul.

Catalog: # MH235
Date: 1873
Cancellation: Cut
Condition: VF+
Price: $13500.00

A COLORFUL GRUEN WATCH COMPANY STOCK CERTIFICATE

 #3525
1928, Ohio. An exceptionally ornate and colorful certificate for 3 shares. Black with an ornate orange, blue and brown border. Vignette at bottom right corner of the company’s Cincinnati workshops. Signed by president FREDERICK G. GRUEN, son of the company’s founder Dietrich Gruen. Founded in 1874, Gruen was known for its production of high quality works used in the Swiss Rolex. Litho. Uncancelled and in Excellent condition.
Catalog: # MH229
Date: 1927
Location: OH, Cincinnati
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF+
OUT OF STOCK

A Rare General Motors Company Stock Issued To And Signed On Verso By William C. Durant

 #4229
WCDurant
Catalog: # MH208
Date: 1916
Location: NJ
Cancellation: Stamp
Condition: EF
Price: $12500.00

A Scarce Sutro Tunnel Company Stock Certificate Signed by Adolph Sutro

 #57

1868, Nevada. Stock certificate for 57 shares. Black. Nice woodcut vignette of a miner holding a pick at upper left. Litho. Attached adhesive at lower left. Signed as president of the company by ADOLPH SUTRO.(1830-1898). Mining engineer. Sutro formed the Sutro Tunnel Company which constructed a tunnel to provide ventilation, drainage and an easy means of transporting men and materials to and from the mines in the region of the Comstock Lode. Retiring to San Francisco in 1879, he became active in civic and business affairs, and was elected mayor in 1894. Always interested in the history and science of printing, he amassed a collection of over 200,000 volumes on this subject, much of which now forms a part of the San Francisco Public Library. A scarce certificate of this, one of the centuries’ most important engineering projects signed by Sutro. Uncanceled and Fine.

Catalog: # MH459
Date: 1868
Location: NV
Cancellation: Pen
Condition: Fine
Price: $1500.00

A Very Rare Central Pacific Railroad Company Bond Signed By Leland Stanford And D. Ogden Mills

 #9995
Train,wagons,ships,'Stanford,DOMills'
Catalog: # MH111
Date: 1868
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF-
Price: $20000.00

A Very Scarce Zion Co-operative Mercantile Institution Stock Certificate Signed As President By Brigham Young

 #59
Portrait, 'Brigham Young' pr
Catalog: # MH181
Date: 1870
Location: UT, Salt Lake
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF+
Price: $12500.00

ALS Adolph Sutro

ADOLPH SUTRO  (1830-1898). Mining engineer. Sutro formed the Sutro Tunnel Company which constructed a tunnel to provide ventilation, drainage and an easy means of transporting men and materials to and from the mines in the region of the Comstock Lode. Retiring to San Francisco in 1879, he became active in civic and business affairs, and was elected mayor in 1894. Always interested in the history and science of printing, he amassed a collection of over 200,000 volumes on this subject, much of which now forms a part of the San Francisco Public Library. ALS. 2pp. 2 sheets. 5" x 8". Midland Grand Hotel, London. September 23, 1878. An autograph letter written to his daughter Emma, expressing that he will be delayed in London and that she should make arrangements to come over, telegraph him when her arrangements are made and "Be sure to take the day train."

Catalog: # MH315
Date: 1878
Location: England, London
Condition: VF+
Price: $275.00

An Extremely Rare Early IBM-Computing Tabulating Recording Company Stock Signed By Thomas J. Watson

 #B8657
Eagle, 'ThosJWatson"
Catalog: # MH183
Date: 1924
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF+
OUT OF STOCK

Blue Ridge Railroad Company Bond Signed By Henry Clews

 #897
1869, South Carolina. $1,000 bond bearing 7% interest. Blue/Black. Engraved vignette of a steam locomotive at top center state-seals and coats-of-arms in all four corners. Coupons below. A pretty bond great for framing. Cut cancelled and Very Fine
Catalog: # MH351
Date: 1869
Cancellation: Cut
Condition: VF+
Price: $125.00

C.N.Nelson Lumber Co.

 #421
'FWeyerhaeuser & FredEWeyerhaeuser'
Catalog: # MH464
Date: 1896
Location: MN
Cancellation: Sign
Condition: EF
Price: $2000.00

Carter's Bonded Warehouse Receipt Signed By Jimmy Carter

 #1503
JIMMY CARTER (1924- ). Thirty-ninth President. Carter began in the peanut business and was elected Governor of Georgia. DS. 1pp. 7 1/4” x 3 1/4”. Plains, Georgia. 10-3-1963. A partly-printed “Carter’s Bonded Warehouse” receipt signed “James E Carter Jr”. Carter stored in his warehouse one bale of cotton, weighing 463 pounds, for “Governor Wilson”. The document has some computerized punch holes and a couple of stamps, but they do not affect Carter's signature. A fine piece from his pre-Presidential career.
Catalog: # MH307
Date: 1963
Location: GA, Plains
Cancellation: Stamp
Condition: VF+
Price: $225.00

Cedar Rapids & Missouri River RR Co.

 #1229
Train x2, portrait, 'JohnIBlair' x2
Date: 1868
Location: IA, Cedar Rapids
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF
Price: $90.00

Chicago & Rock Island RR Co.

 #1303

1854, Illinois. Stock certificate for 4 shares of the Chicago & Rock Island Rail Road Co. Black on light blue paper. Signed as president by JOHN BLOOMFIELD JERVIS (1795-1885). Engineer, Chief engineer of the eastern division of the Erie Canal enlargement, one of America’s truly important early railroad engineers. Lightly pen and punch cancelled.

Catalog: # MH407
Date: 1854
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF+
Price: $25.00

Chicago, Burlington & Northern RR Company Stock Signed as President by John Murray Forbes

 #5276

1887, New Jersey. Stock certificate for 5 shares of the Chicago, Burlington and Northern RR Co.. Green/Black. Attractive engraved steam locomotive vignette. Signed as President by JOHN MURRAY FORBES (1813 -1898); Railroad executive; Businessman; Public servant. Having accumulated a substantial fortune by 1846, Forbes turned his considerable talents to railroad construction and financings. He was the prime mover in purchasing and completing the unfinished Michigan Central RR, and constructing the roads which formed the nucleus of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR, of which he became president in the late 1870s. Always public-spirited citizen, Forbes made certain that the railroads in which he had an interest displayed a character and stability which significantly distinguished them from most of the other railroads of the day. His civic involvement began at the start of the Civil War, when he helped put the state of Massachusetts prepare for war, and he was instrumental in organizing the state's black regiments. In 1863, he was sent to England to block construction of, or to purchase, the so-called Laird rams that we being built there for the Confederacy. Throughout the war, his advice was constantly sought by all branches of government. A longtime member of the national executive committee of the Republican party, he broke with the party upon its nomination of James Blaine for the presidency in 1884. Stamp and punch cancelled.

Catalog: # MH484
Date: 1887
Location: MA, Boston
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: EF
Price: $75.00

Distillery Warehouse Stamp

 #R8291301
Portrait ZTaylor, 'WmHTaft' collr.
Catalog: # MH308
Date: 1882
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF+
Price: $75.00

Emmett Kelly check

 #1030

1964, Florida. Partly-printed check payable to Montgomery Roberts in the amount of $100.05, drawn on Palmer First National Bank & Trust. Black on yellowpaper. At top left, a great photovignette of Kelly dressed as the sad-faced Weary Willie, the character that Kelly made famous (and vice-versa). Signed as maker in red pen by EMMETT KELLY (1898 - 1979); American circus clown. Kelly, whose name for many years was virtually synonymous with the term 'clown', became famous as Weary Willie, a sad-faced hobo in ragged clothing. Kelly, who first created Willie as a cartoon character in 1920, later assumed the role of Willie with the Ringling Brothers circus, on television, in films and in Broadway shows. Light stamp cancellation barely affecting the first few letters in Kelly's signature. Bank stamp cancellation.

Catalog: # MH302
Date: 1964
Location: Fl, Sarasota
Cancellation: Stamp
Condition: EF
OUT OF STOCK

Extremely Rare And Early Stock Certificate Issued To And Signed On Verso By Walt Disney

 #17831
Alleg.,"WalterEDisney, LillianDisney"
Catalog: # MH213
Date: 1926
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF+
Price: $15000.00

Ford Motor Company of Canada Stock Signed As President By Henry Ford

 #92
"HenryFord" pres.
Catalog: # MH116
Date: 1907
Location: Can.,Walkerville
Cancellation: Pen
Condition: VF+
Price: $17500.00

Gov. Stanford Gold & Silver Mining Company Stock Signed By Leland Stanford

 #294
Mountains, lady
Catalog: # MH222
Date: 1865
Location: Esmeralda Dis
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF+
Price: $6500.00

Hudson & Manhattan RR Co.

 #B6009
'ThosJWatson' executor 1925. Stock Certificate for 100 shares. Large vignette of panoramic view of the Hudson River with a train in the forefront at top center. Punch and perforation cancelled and fine.
Catalog: # MH255
Date: 1925
Cancellation: Pin
Condition: VF+
Price: $350.00

Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw RR Co.

 #14
Train/plow/jack, 'CVanderbilt' vp
Catalog: # MH491
Date: 1882
Location: MI
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF
Price: $275.00

Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana RR

 #14393
Train, 'Henry Keep'x2 iss. & treas.
Catalog: # MH487
Date: 1865
Cancellation: Pen
Condition: VF+
Price: $150.00

Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company Stock Signed By Russell Sage

 #586

1870, New York. Stock certificate for 100 shares. Blue. Vignette of allegorical figure at top center. Signed as vice-president by RUSSELL SAGE (1816 - 1906). Banker; financier; congressman. As the originator of "put and call options", Sage greatly changed the way speculators played the stock market. Among America's most powerful and wealthy bankers, he financed Jay Gould and made a vast fortune on the latter's stock manipulations. "Sage was one of the shrewdest and most conservative of all great financiers." (DAB) At one time he is said to have had $27,000,000 out on call loans. At the time of his death he left a fortune worth an estimated $70,000,000. Stamp and punch cancelled.

Catalog: # MH483
Date: 1870
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF
Price: $225.00

Milwaukee & St.Paul Railway Stock Signed By Russell Sage

 #10609

1870,Wisconsin and Minnesota. Stock certificate for 1 share of the Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company. Signed as vice-president of the company by RUSSELL SAGE (1816 - 1906). Banker; financier; congressman. As the originator of "put and call options", Sage greatly changed the way speculators played the stock market. Among America's most powerful and wealthy bankers, he financed Jay Gould and made a vast fortune on the latter's stock manipulations. "Sage was one of the shrewdest and most conservative of all great financiers." (DAB) At one time he is said to have had $27,000,000 out on call loans. At the time of his death he left a fortune worth an estimated $70,000,000. Punch cancellation slightly affecting signature. Very fine.

Catalog: # MH481
Date: 1870
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF
Price: $225.00

Mississippi & Missouri RR Co.

 #1144
Bridge, cattle, 'JohnADix' pres.
Catalog: # MH474
Date: 1864
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF
Price: $90.00

New York & Harlem RR Co.

 #18819

NEW YORK AND HARLEM RR STOCK SIGNED BY WILLIAM H. VANDERBILT AND CORNELIUS VANDERBILT JR. 1874. Punch cancelled at signatures.

Catalog: # MH467
Date: 1874
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF
Price: $450.00

New York & New Haven Railroad Company Stock Signed By Commodore Vanderbilt

 #1252
'CVanderbilt' transf.1857,'RSchuyler' p.
Catalog: # MH226
Date: 1849
Location: New York
Cancellation: Pen
Condition: VF
Price: $9500.00

New York City Seven PerCent Bond

 #20
Indian/Banker/eagle,'GeoFBaker' cash.
Catalog: # MH460
Date: 1870
Location: New York
Cancellation: Pen
Condition: VF+
Price: $750.00

New York Public School Premium Certificate Signed By Peter Cooper

 #13
PETER COOPER (1791-1883). Cooper was a manufacturer, inventor and a philanthropist. DS. 1pp. 7 1/4” x 9 1/4”. New York. January 1846. A partly printed document signed “Peter Cooper”. Cooper signed a certificate congratulating Maria Nunns for her regular attendance. It is boldly signed by Cooper as a member of the committee, and also signed by the student’s teacher. At top is a beautiful vignette of children and a teacher outside a schoolhouse. It is in very fine condition.
Catalog: # MH250
Date: 1846
Location: New York
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: EF
Price: $300.00

New-York Central RR Co. bond

 #2800
Alleg.,Niagara,map,'Erastus Corning'
Catalog: # MH478
Date: 1853
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF
Price: $75.00

Niles & New Lisbon RW Co.

 #28
Train loading oil, 'JamesFiskJr.' vp
Catalog: # MH249
Date: 1871
Location: OH
Cancellation: Pen
Condition: VF
Price: $17500.00

Ogdensburgh & Lake Champlain RR bond

 #2882

1880, New York. $100 Income Mortgage Bond in the Ogdensburgh and Lake Champlain Railroad Company bearing 6% interest. Gray/Black with embossed orange company seal attached at bottom center. Nice detailed close-up on period steam locomotive at top center. Signed on verso as trustee by STUYVESANT FISH (1851 - 1923); Railroad executive. Fish was a member of a politically prominent New York family, his father having served as Ulysses Grant's Secretary of State. Fish himself was a prominent and successful businessman, holding executive positions in many companies. While he was President of the Illinois Central Railroad (1887 - 1906), it became one of the most prosperous railroads in the U.S. Fish's large signature is fresh and clear. Coupons at right. Uncancelled.

Catalog: # MH492
Date: 1880
Location: NY
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF+
Price: $125.00

Oregon & California Railroad Company Check Signed By Expressman Ben Holladay

 #62

1870, Oregon. Partly-printed bank check drawn on the North Pacific Transportation Company payable to Geo. W. Wirdler in the amount of $374.63. Signed as maker by BEN HOLLADAY (1819 - 1887). Financier; Railroad and Express Company organizer. Founded the California, Oregona and Mexican Steamship Co. and the Northern Pacific Transportation Co. Orange imprinted revenue at center. Uncancelled and extremely fine.

Catalog: # MH480
Date: 1870
Location: CA, SanFrancisco
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF+
Price: $350.00

Paterson & Newark Railroad Company Stock Issued To And Endorsed On Verso By James Fisk, Jr.

 #35
Train, 'JamesFiskJr.' iss.
Catalog: # MH207
Date: 1868
Location: NJ, Belleville
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF
Price: $17500.00

Ringling Bros. check

 #1055
5 brothers, 'HenryRingling'
Catalog: # MH303
Date: 1912
Location: WI, Baraboo
Cancellation: Stamp
Condition: EF
OUT OF STOCK

Ringling Bros. check

 #2238
Gold title, tiger, 'AlRingling'
Catalog: # MH304
Date: 1913
Location: WI, Baraboo
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: EF
Price: $125.00

Ringling Bros. check

 #1812
5 brothers, 'ChasRingling'
Catalog: # MH305
Date: 1913
Location: WI, Baraboo
Cancellation: Stamp
Condition: EF
Price: $125.00

Riverfront RR Co.

 #11
Alleg. 'ThomasAScott' pres.
Catalog: # MH485
Date: 1877
Location: PA, Philadelphia
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF+
Price: $125.00

San Francisco & San Joaquin RW Company Stock Signed As President By "The Sugar King" Claus Spreckels

 #17

1895, California. Stock certificate for 250 shares in the San Francisco & San Joaquin Valley Railway Co. Green/Black with orange overprint. Large vignette of steam locomotive at top center. Litho. Signed as president by CLAUS SPRECKELS (1828 - 1908); Sugar magnate. Following Spreckels' immigration to the United States from Germany to California, he became involved in the sugar business, soon thereafter realizing the possibilities of raising sugar in Hawaii. At his peak, Spreckels controlled upwards of 40,000 acres of cane producing land on the Island. The San Francisco and San Joaquin Railway was constructed by Spreckels in order to circumvent the transportation monopoly of the Southern Pacific RR, thereby ensuring a low rate for the transportation of his sugar cane. Stamp cancellation not affecting Spreckels' signature. Extremely Fine.

Catalog: # MH471
Date: 1895
Location: CA, SanFrancisco
Cancellation: Stamp
Condition: EF
Price: $275.00

Spuyten, Duyvil & Port Morris Railroad Company Stockholders Proxy Document Signed By Commodore Vanderbilt

Blue paper, 'CVanDerbilt' iss.
Catalog: # MH227
Date: 1871
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF+
Price: $2000.00

St.Louis & Southern RR Co.

 #132
Train at depot,'CWFairbanks' iss.
Catalog: # MH493
Date: 1893
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF+
Price: $125.00

St.Louis, Alton & Terre Haute RR Co.

 #28

RUSSELL SAGE (1816–1906), a banker, financier and Congressman, originated "put and call options", greatly changing the way speculators played the stock market. Among America's most powerful and wealthy bankers, he financed Jay Gould and made a vast fortune on the latter's stock manipulations. At one time he is said to have had $27,000,000 out on call loans. At his death he left a fortune worth an estimated $70,000,000. 1878, Illinois and Indiana. Stock certificate for 50 shares of the St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad Company issued to and signed “Russell Sage” on the verso. Printed in red ink with a vignette of cattle at the top center. Large vignette across the entire bottom of the certificate depicting a train entering a small railroad station. Pen and punch cancellations not affecting signature. An important addition to a banking or autograph related collection.

Catalog: # MH482
Date: 1862
Cancellation: Hole
Condition: VF-
Price: $225.00

St.Louis,Alton & Terre Haute RR Co.

 #3924
Train, 'GeoFosterPeabody' pres.
Catalog: # MH488
Date: 1894
Cancellation: Cut
Condition: VF
Price: $45.00

State of Connecticut Civil List

 #99
'MosesCleaveland' iss.
Catalog: # MH306
Date: 1794
Location: CN
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: EF-
Price: $750.00

Stephen Girard check

Hand written check, 'StephGirard'
Catalog: # MH309
Date: 1793
Location: PA, Philadelphia
Cancellation: I/NC
Condition: VF
OUT OF STOCK

US Fortieth Congress

J. Garfield' - ALS
Catalog: # MH313
Date: 1868
OUT OF STOCK

Western Air Line Construction Co.

 #33
1881, Iowa. Stock certificate for 10 shares. Black. Signed by F. M. Drake as President. Fine vignette of a wagon train and stagecoach. Litho. Signed by FRANCIS M. DRAKE (1830-1903). Railroad builder; Union general in the Civil War; Philanthropist; Governor of Iowa; Benefactor of Drake University. Drake constructed numerous midwestern railroads and provided funding for the university in 1881. Pen cancelled
Catalog: # MH486
Date: 1881
Cancellation: Stamp
Condition: VF+
Price: $90.00

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